About as far removed from the seemingly stuffy atmosphere and pageantry that surrounds the Academy Awards is the annual event hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globe Awards. Perhaps its the close quarters and tables that lend it a more casual air. Perhaps its the alcohol. And it could also be partially due to the irreverent humor that usually descends from the stage. But for whatever reason it comes off so different (even on television), the losers at the Golden Globes, including those at the ceremony held on Sunday, Jan. 13, don't seem to mind as much when someone else is named the winner.
(But, then, most of those in attendance are actors, so who knows how much they really mind?)
At the 70th Golden Gold Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the big winners on the night were the movies "Les Miserables," "Argo," and "Django Unchained," while the television side of the awards saw "Homeland," "Game Change" and "Girls" take home the most trophies.
"Les Miserables" not only won Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, Hugh Jackman took home the top prize for Best Performance in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for an Actor and Anne Hathaway won for Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture - Drama, Musical, or Comedy for an Actress.
"Argo" was "Les Miserables" counterpart in the Drama section. The film also generated a Best Director award for Ben Affleck.
Although Quentin Tarentino might have lost the directorial award, he took home a Golden Globe for writing the Best Screenplay for "Django Unchained." The movie also saw Christoph Waltz snare his second Golden Globe for appearing in a Tarentino film for Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture – Drama, Musical or Comedy.
Unfortunately, the film with the most nominations, "Lincoln," only walked award with a single award, the Best Performance by an Actor going to Daniel Day-Lewis for his stirring lead role as the 16th president of the US.
One particular highlight of the show was the presentation of "Lincoln" for Best Motion Picture - Drama by the 42nd president of the US, Bill Clinton.
Jennifer Lawrence won the Best Actress award for "Silver Linings Playbook" after Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig nearly brought down the house with their amusing category presentation.
The Disney Pixar movie "Brave" won for Best Animated Feature Film. The Austrian film "Amour" won Best Foreign Language Film.
The Showtime drama "Homeland" picked up where it left off last year at the Golden Globes, snagging a second consecutive Best Actress award for Claire Danes, not to mention a Best Series - Drama award for the show itself. It added another win this year, though, seeing Damian Lewis win for his portrayal of Nicholas Brody.
The HBO original movie "Game Change" won the Best Miniseries or Television Film award. Julianne Moore won for her spot-on imitation of Sarah Palin for Best Performance - Actress, while Ed Harris took the honors Best Performance - Supporting Actor for portraying 2008 presidential candidate Sen. John McCain.
HBO was a big winner on the night, also taking home two more awards in the television section. Its series "Girls" won for Best Series - Comedy and show creator and star Lena Dunham got the trophy for Best Performance in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy for an Actress.
Don Cheadle was Dunham's counterpart in the Actor category for his role on Showtime's "House of Lies."
Kevin Costner won for his portrayal of Devil Anse Hatfield in the History Channel's "Hatfields and McCoys."
After three years of Ricky Gervais hosting the event, the job was turned over to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Sunday evening. They kept the crowd laughing, so it shouldn't be a big surprise if they're invited back again to in 2014.
70th Golden Globe Awards (2013) Winners
Best motion picture – drama
Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – drama
Daniel Day-Lewis, "Lincoln"
Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – drama
Jessica Chastain, "Zero Dark Thirty"
Best motion picture – comedy or musical
Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – comedy or musical
Jennifer Lawrence, "Silver Linings Playbook"
Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – comedy or musical
Hugh Jackman, "Les Misérables"
Best animated feature
Best foreign language film
Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture
Anne Hathaway, "Les Misérables"
Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture
Christoph Waltz, "Django Unchained"
Best director – motion picture
Ben Affleck, "Argo"
Best screenplay – motion picture
Quentin Tarantino, "Django Unchained"
Best original score – motion picture
Mychael Danna, "Life of Pi"
Best original song – motion picture
"Skyfall" (Music by Adele, Paul Epworth; Lyrics by Adele, Paul Epworth) – "Skyfall"
Best TV series - comedy
Best TV series – drama
Best performance by an actress in a TV series – drama
Claire Danes, "Homeland"
Best performance by an actor in a TV series – drama
Damian Lewis, "Homeland"
Best performance by an actor in a TV series – comedy or musical
Don Cheadle, "House of Lies"
Best performance by an actress in a TV series – comedy or musical
Lena Dunham, "Girls"
Best miniseries or motion picture made for TV
Best performance by an actress in a miniseries or motion picture made for TV
Julianne Moore, "Game Change"
Best performance by an actor in a miniseries or motion picture made for TV
Kevin Costner, "Hatfields & McCoys"
Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, miniseries or motion picture made for TV
Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey: Season 2"
Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, miniseries or motion picture made for TV
Ed Harris, "Game Change"